Academic Forum - What do you Meme? 2019-12-03

What do you Meme?*

Date: Time: 19:15 Location: Black Box, Esplanade Building, Tilburg University

As an essential part of digital communication and online culture, memes have a major influence on our society. In this lecture, Piia Varis will show us just how big this influence is, and how we can use the power of memes for good! (language: English)

Time: 19:15-20:30 hrs.  Admission is free.
Limited seats available: full = full. Doors open 15 minutes before event.
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Basing their humor in implicitly shared knowledge and beliefs, memes can be hilarious and play a fundamental part in shaping communities. However, thanks to their anonymous nature and dependence on the algorithms of social networks, they can also efficiently distribute dogmatic intolerance. Can we bypass the seemingly ever-negative and -cynical modus operandi of online expression, and choose to take part in sharing and liking wholesome, tolerant content? Can we guard ourselves against political and commercial manipulation? Can we find a way to meme a better world into reality?


Dr. Piia Varis is an associate professor with the Department of Culture Studies of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences. Combining her professional expertise with personal enthusiasm, dr. Varis will elaborate on the intricacies of the role of memes in society, while engaging the audience every step of the way.


This event is organized by Academic Forum and study associations Flow and Animo.

Contact: Oskar Knötschke (Academic Forum).

* This event may count towards the Academic Forum Certificate.